PITTSBURGH -- The No. 15 University of Pittsburgh wrestling team (8-4) saw six wrestlers pick up bonus points, including pins from Matt Wilps and Zac Thomusseit, as the Panthers cruised to a 31-9 victory over rival West Virginia (1-8) this evening at Fitzgerald Field House.
After dropping the opening match of the night, Shelton Mack got the Panthers on the board with a 14-5 major decision over Sean Fee at 133 pounds. Mack started out strong with three first period takedowns to take a 6-2 lead into the second. The lead stayed at four going into the third where Mack again went on the offensive securing a pair of takedowns to push his advantage to eight and securing the major.
WVU quickly regained the edge with a close victory at 141 pounds but Ronnie Garbinksy gave Pitt a lead it wouldn't relinquish when he earned an 11-3 major over Tre Miller-Scott at 149 pounds. After Miller-Scott took a 3-2 advantage into the second, Garbinsky started down and quickly earned an escape and takedown. Shortly after, Garbinsky was able to turn Miller-Scott to his back and secure three near fall points to take an 8-3 lead into the third. The third also went Garbinsky's way after Miller-Scott chose a neutral start and Garbinksy earned a takedown and used 3:18 of riding time to earn the major.
Donnie Tasser continued the Panther momentum at 157 pounds with a dominant 11-0 major decision over Jason Luster. Tasser scored takedowns in all three periods and was extremely impressive on top riding Luster for 5:28 and securing three near fall points off a turn in the third. The victory marks the second-consecutive contest in which Tasser has accumulated over five minutes of riding time.
At 165 pounds, Tyler Wilps took a 7-3 decision over Ross Renzi. Wilps started the first with a pair of takedowns to build a 4-1 cushion. Following a rideout in the second Wilps brought his 4-1 lead into the third but was unable to push it to a major and settled for the decision.
Following a Mountaineer win at 174, Max Thomusseit earned a 10-0 shutout victory over Lance Bryson. Thomusseit was the aggressor early scoring a quick double leg takedown and following it up with a turn for three near fall points. From there, Bryson was on his heels and got call for stalling twice and a caution once to help Thomusseit earn the major.
The Panthers closed the match in impressive fashion as Matt Wilps and Zac Thomusseit tallied victories by fall. Wilps stuck A.J. Vizcarrondo as time ran down in his match at 197 pounds, pinning Vizcarrondo with seven seconds left in the match, while Thomusseit got his fall in the first period at 2:53. The pin gave Thomusseit his team-best 10th victory by fall on the season, seven of which have come in the first period.
Pitt will return to the mats on Friday, Feb. 8, when it hosts in-state rival Penn State at 7 p.m. at Fitzgerald Field House.
125: Shane Young (W) dec. Godwin Nyama (P), 8-3; WVU leads, 3-0
133: No. 13 Shelton Mack m. dec. (P) Sean Fee (W), 14-5; Pitt leads, 4-3
141: No. 12 Nathan Pennesi (W) dec. Travis Shaffer (P), 5-4; WVU leads, 6-4
149: Ronnie Garbinsky (P) m. dec. Tre Miller-Scott (W), 11-3; Pitt leads, 8-6
157: Donnie Tasser (P) m. dec. Jason Luster (W), 11-0; Pitt leads, 12-6
165: No. 12 Tyler Wilps (P) dec. Ross Renzi (W), 7-3; Pitt leads, 15-6
174: Bubba Scheffel (W) dec. Nick Bonaccorsi (P), 3-1; Pitt leads, 15-9
184: No. 13 Max Thomusseit (P) m. dec. Lance Bryson (W), 10-0; Pitt leads, 19-9
197: No. 2 Matt Wilps (P) pins A.J. Vizcarrondo (W), 6:53; Pitt leads, 25-9
285: No. 7 Zac Thomusseit (P) pins Phil Mandzik (W), 2:53; Pitt wins, 31-9